supporting Cambridge public school students

Director of High School Programs

Organization Overview 

Cambridge School Volunteers is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1966 to foster the academic and personal success of Cambridge Public School students. CSV recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to work with students of all needs and levels, with a particular focus on underserved student populations who have had less access historically to the additional support we provide. Our work aligns with the academic and social and emotional objectives of the Cambridge Public Schools, including their equity and anti-racist initiatives. Each year, CSV brings approximately 900 volunteers to work in Cambridge’s 12 elementary schools, five upper schools, and one high school. These programs match more than 1,200 students for weekly one-to-one or small group work. 

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

CSV manages several volunteer programs at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS), the city’s public high school: the Tutoring Center, College & Career Mentoring Program, Science Olympiad, Peer Mentoring Program, classroom placements, and other volunteer roles. CSV also runs an internship program for CRLS students in collaboration with Audible.com.  

Responsibilities

The director of high school programs oversees the orientation, training, design, administration, and evaluation of volunteer efforts at CRLS. The director will:  

  • Offer training for new volunteers and engage prior volunteers to determine placement interest
  • Promote CSV’s services at CRLS to students and caregivers
  • Identify training needs and offer at least two workshops during the school year for existing volunteers
  • Assist the director of recruitment and the volunteer engagement manager in the development of a recruitment plan and in communicating volunteer needs 
  • Engage with CRLS teachers, guidance staff, principal, and leadership team to review programming to meet the needs of students 
  • Educate current and new teachers about opportunities for support available to students through CSV volunteers
  • Survey volunteers, teachers, and students, at least annually
  • Contribute to district-wide efforts to address inequities and to become an anti-racist school district 
  • Coordinate efforts of collaborators and facilitate communication between collaborators and school personnel 
  • Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with district and community partners 
  • Maintain up-to-date records of volunteers, registration materials, and placements and ensure they are entered into the CSV database in a timely manner
  • Evaluate programs and provide a report to the executive director at the end of each year
  • Participate in CSV staff meetings and lead high school team meetings 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the executive director

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong organizational and program administration skills
  • Experience in a public high school setting is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with adults and youth from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience with mentoring, tutoring, and/or college admissions advising is a plus
  • The ability to independently and creatively manage diverse responsibilities in a multi-faceted educational program 
  • Excellent digital and written communication skills
  • Experience with database management  
  • Experience with Google Workspace or facility learning new technologies

Structure & Compensation

The director of high school programs reports to the executive director and works closely with the Tutoring Center manager. The director supervises graduate student interns.

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, for the 42-week Cambridge public school year, and is based in the CSV offices at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. Remote work may be required at the discretion of CSV’s executive director or the Cambridge Public School District for pandemic or other reasons. The job requires occasional evening obligations. Salary is $40,000–$44,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Benefits include individual health insurance and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan.

Start date: September 2021.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume with the subject heading “Director of High School Programs” to CSV Executive Director Meg Ramsdell, mramsdell@cpsd.us.